Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ New Jersey takes in $40.6 million in sports bets in July New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady watches from the sideline during the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the Washington Redskins, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady thinks his next game against the Philadelphia Eagles is a little like the last time he played them.The reigning NFL MVP says he’s eager to get back on the field for the first time since the Super Bowl, and his next chance is in Thursday night’s exhibition game against Philadelphia. Brady did not play in the preseason opener against Washington last week.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ LATEST STORIES Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Brady, who turned 41 this month, said he is feeling healthy and planning to play on Thursday night. The decision will be up to coach Bill Belichick.“I certainly plan on being out there,” Brady said.Also Tuesday, Brady repeated that his goal is to play “a long time.” He reportedly reached an agreement that could boost his pay this year by $5 million in 2018; he is signed through next season.“You always have short-term goals and long-term goals, and this year’s the one I’m focused on,” he said. “Obviously, I want to play for a long time, so I’ve said that for a while. Feel like I’m a broken record.”ADVERTISEMENT “We’ve got a big one against the Eagles and we know the challenge they present,” Brady said on Tuesday. “So, (we’re) trying to put a lot into it and see if we can obviously get a lot out of it. You know, it’s a big test. They’re a good team and we’re going to have to play well.”Philadelphia beat the Patriots 41-33 in February for its first Super Bowl title. The teams will meet again in New England this week, with considerably less on the line.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’But you wouldn’t know if from listening to Brady, who said there is urgency even in the second game on the exhibition schedule, because the team needs to line up against an opponent to measure its progress.“They’re important,” Brady said. “If it was a waste of time, we wouldn’t do it. I think there’s a lot of urgency, and you know we’re not where we need to be, got a lot of work to do and these practices are a part of it, (along with) the opportunities that we get in the game.” View comments
Real Madrid defender Dani Carvajal believes they should have added a third goal before Santi Cazorla’s equaliser rescued a point for VillarrealThe European champions lacked sharpness up front in their first game of 2019 at Villarreal with 19-year-old Samuel Chukwueze proving to a threat for the hosts right from the start.The Nigerian would go on to set-up Cazorla’s opener and provided Marcelo with a lot of trouble down the wing with Villarreal seemingly the stronger of the two sides on Thursday.However, two headed goals from Raphael Varane and Karim Benzema caught out Villarreal keeper Sergio Asenjo to hand Real a 2-1 lead.But Lucas Vazquez was unable to take advantage of a golden opportunity when he was denied by Asenjo in the second half, despite being clean through on goal.Former Arsenal playmaker Cazorla then punished Real for failing to take their opportunities by grabbing an 82nd-minute equaliser to settle things at 2-2.Zidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“We had some real chances to finish the game and make it 1-3, but in the end, we drew and dropped two points,” said Carvajal on the club website.“We needed those three points to close the gaps on the leader. Now we need to keep working hard and rack up some points. This is not an easy place to come play.“We’re disappointed because we were ahead for practically the whole match and not winning really stings.”“We knew that they would have to push forward and leave the defence open. Before finishing with a draw, we had two massive chances to kill it off, we did not finish and they nicked a goal at the end.”Los Blancos, who remain fourth in La Liga, will go up against Real Sociedad this weekend.
Dan Cohen AUTHOR Senate Democrats on Tuesday blocked the fiscal 2017 defense spending bill and the conference agreement for the military construction-veterans affairs spending bill from advancing, the latest signal that all facets of defense operations will need to rely on a continuing resolution (CR) when the new fiscal year starts Oct. 1. Each of the failed procedural votes represented the chamber’s third attempt to advance the legislation.In the case of the defense spending measure, Democratic opposition is part of a strategy to ensure any increase in DOD spending does not come at the expense of domestic programs, reported CQ. The Senate version of the defense spending bill adheres to the spending cap, but the House measure sidesteps the cap by using $15.7 billion from the overseas contingency operations account to pay for weapons and equipment, and higher end strength levels that the administration did not request.The vote to block the milcon-veterans affairs conference agreement reflects Democrats’ opposition to the $1.1 billion funding package addressing the Zika virus included in the measure. Democrats have criticized the anti-Zika component over the spending offsets Republicans rely on and language related to contraception services.After that vote, Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), chairman of the Military Construction-VA Subcommittee, said the House should drop language opposed by Democrats.“Americans have waited too long for Washington to pass the $74.4 billion funding bill for veterans and $1.1 billion to stop the spread of Zika. The House should drop the poison pill language so we can pass a clean bill immediately,” Kirk said in a statement.One possible response is that congressional leaders include Zika aid in any CR that is passed to keep the government running past Sept. 30, according to the story.
WILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington resident Tony Marra, a firefighter for the city of Watertown, is being heralded for his off-duty heroism in response to a serious rollover car accident on Route 38, near the Wilmington Plaza, on the morning of Wednesday, July 18.Around 8:20am, a 38-year-old woman was driving a 2012 Nissan Rogue northbound on Main Street when she reportedly veered to avoid a vehicle pulling out of the Speedway parking lot. Her vehicle rolled over multiple times, landing on its roof.Tony Marra, an off-duty Watertown firefighter, witnessed the accident and quickly jumped into action to assist the driver.“Marra gained entry into the overturned vehicle, helped extricate the patient, and removed the patient from the immediate danger of the running overturned vehicle in an active roadway,” according to Wilmington Fire Lieutenant Robert Varney. “When I reached the patient, Marra had already given the patient a rapid trauma assessment, and had successfully calmed the patient down from an excitable state due to the severity of the accident.”The driver was transported to a local medical facility with non-life threatening injuries. Her vehicle suffered major damage and was towed. Mass Highway was contacted to remove a significant amount of shattered glass from the roadway. Traffic was backed up in the area, with northbound traffic rerouted through the Wilmington Plaza paring lot and one of the two southbound lanes temporarily closed.“Firefighter Marra did not have to stop and help, yet he did not hesitate to jump into action and provide lifesaving care by removing the patient from immediate danger,” Varney wrote in a letter to Watertown Fire Chief Robert Quinn. “Firefighter Marra provided himself an exemplary model of a civil servant, and a Firefighter that you and the town of Watertown should be proud of.”“In a time where the media sometimes only focuses on the negative actions of firefighters, they miss out on the day-to-day heroic actions of firefighters,” added Varney.Rollover crash on July 18 (courtesy of WPD)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Firefighter Praised For Help He Provided To An Injured Woman While Off-DutyIn “Police Log”Wilmington’s Top Public Safety Stories Of 2018In “Police Log”SELECTMEN NEWS: Board Supports Fire & Police Substation In North Wilmington; Town To Vote On Project In April 2020?In “Government”
Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). 8 Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Comments An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Chris Monroe/CNET Comments Tags Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Share your voice $999 $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. The Cheapskate Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Share your voice Best Buy $155 at Google Express Sarah Tew/CNET Sprint Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. See it Read DJI Osmo Action preview Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR CNET may get a commission from retail offers. $999 Computers Gadgets Tablets Computer Accessories,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. $6 at Tidal Read the AirPods review Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. See all the best laptops of CES 2019 DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) See at Amazon Now playing: Watch this: Turo Sarah Tew/CNET 7 Rylo DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) $520 at HP Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Read the Rylo camera preview $299 at Amazon What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Read Google Home Hub review TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Angela Lang/CNET $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express $59 at eBay $999 See It $999 Read Lenovo Smart Clock review See It See It See at Turo HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Sarah Tew/CNET $60 at Best Buy Apple iPhone XS Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Boost Mobile Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) $210 at Best Buy 17:56 Tags Well, that’s one PC out there, at least. Sarah Tew/CNET The long retreat continues for the PC market.In 2019, sales of computing devices, including desktops, laptops and tablets, are expected to drop 3.3 percent around the world, according to a new forecast from market researcher IDC. That continues a trend that’s been going on for years now.The computing device market will shrink to 372.6 million shipments in 2023, according to IDC’s release. Detachables, notebooks and mobile workstation will increase their market share in the next five years. “While the long-run [personal computing device] market remains in persistent decline, the constitution of the market continues to churn for the better,” said Linn Huang, research director for devices and displays at IDC, in the release. “And with ray-tracing ramping up and 5G-connected, dual-screen, and foldable devices on the not-too-distant horizon, consumers and professionals will likely find something compelling at the premium end.” Sarah Tew/CNET Amazon
Lockheed Martin Corp has won a US Army contract worth $1.09 billion to build PAC-3 missiles for the US Army, South Korea, Qatar and Saudi Arabia for use in Raytheon Co’s Patriot missile defence system, the Pentagon said on Monday.The contract runs through 30 June 2019, the US Defense Department said in its daily digest of major arms contracts.Lockheed, the Pentagon’s Number one supplier, said the contract includes Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) missiles and PAC-3 Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE) missiles for the US Army, as well as PAC-3 missiles for the other countries.Lockheed won a similar contract valued at $1.5 billion in July.The Pentagon’s Defence Security Cooperation Agency announced the possible sale of up to $1.75 billion in PAC-3 missiles and associated equipment to Saudi Arabia last October, followed by another deal valued at up to $5.4 billion for more missiles in July.The US government approved PAC-3 missile sales worth up to $1.41 billion with South Korea in November 2014, and the sale to Qatar of PAC-3 missiles in November 2012.Other countries that have ordered the Lockheed missile include the United States, the Netherlands, Germany, Japan, the United Arab Emirates, Taiwan and Kuwait.Scott Arnold, Lockheed’s vice president of PAC-3 programs, welcomed the news and said the company’s missile defence interceptors utilized advanced technology that enabled “better accuracy, enhanced safety and improved reliability when it matters most.”The PAC-3 Missile is a high-velocity interceptor that defends against incoming threats including tactical ballistic missiles, cruise missiles and aircraft.Lockheed said the PAC-3 MSE missile uses a two-pulse solid rocket motor that increases altitude and range to meet evolving threats.
Air India is facing turbulent times ReutersEight domestic and 16 international flights were delayed today at Mumbai’s Chattrapathi Shivaji International Airport after transport workers went on a strike on Wednesday night over Diwali bonus. They are also angry at the firing of a few employees and have demanded their reinstatement. The workers were contract workers of Air India Air Transport Services Limited. The ground staff help in checking-in the passengers, transporting the bags and cleaning the aircraft.”All Air India flights are being hit. Some like the Mumbai-Bangkok flight AI 330 are still on the ground,” said a source told Times of India.”Due to a sudden industrial situation at Mumbai by AIATSL employees, some flights have got delayed. We are assessing the situation and all efforts are being made to minimise delays or disruption. Air India staff have been called from home to help with passenger check-ins,” an Air India spokesperson said.The official went on to say, “Air India’s permanent employees have been deputed to normalise the flights. Only early morning flights from Mumbai for delayed by 2 hours.”
Alex Brandon/APPresident Donald Trump speaks about the partial government shutdown, immigration and border security in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House, in Washington, Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019.In a bid to break the shutdown stalemate, President Donald Trump on Saturday offered to extend temporary protections for young people brought to the U.S. illegally as children and those fleeing disaster zones in exchange or his long-promised border wall. But while Trump cast the move as a “common-sense compromise,” Democrats were quick to dismiss it at a “non-starter.”With polls showing a majority of Americans blaming him and Republicans for the impasse, Trump said from the White House that he was there “to break the logjam and provide Congress with a path forward to end the government shutdown and solve the crisis on the southern border.”Hoping to put pressure on Democrats, the White House billed the announcement as a major step forward. But Trump did not budge on his $5.7 billion demand for the wall and, in essence, offered to temporarily roll-back some of his own hawkish immigration actions — actions that have been blocked by federal courts.Following a week marked by his pointed clashes with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, it was not clear if Trump’s offer would lead to serious steps to reopen the government, shut for a record 29 days. Trump’s move came as hundreds of thousands of federal workers go without paychecks, with many enduring financial hardship. Many public services are unavailable to Americans during the closure.Democrats dismissed Trump’s proposal even before his formal remarks. Pelosi said the expected offer was nothing more than “a compilation of several previously rejected initiatives” and that the effort could not pass the House. “What is original in the President’s proposal is not good. What is good in the proposal is not original,” she later tweeted.“Hostage taking”Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer also panned the proposal as “more hostage taking,” saying that it was Trump who had “single-handedly” imperiled the future of the immigrants he proposed to help.The New York Democrat said there is only “one way out” of the shutdown. “Open up the government, Mr. President, and then Democrats and Republicans can have a civil discussion and come up with bipartisan solutions.” he said.Democrats had made their own move late Friday to try to break the impasse when they pledged to provide hundreds of millions of dollars more for border security. But Trump, who has yet to acknowledge that offer, laid out his own plan, which officials said had been in the works for days.Seeking to cast the plan as a bipartisan way forward, Trump said Saturday he was incorporating ideas from “rank-and-file” Democrats, as top Democrats made clear they had not been consulted. He also said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell would bring the legislation to a vote this week, though Democrats appeared likely to block it. McConnell had previously stated that no vote should be held in the Senate until Trump and Democrats agreed on a bill.ShutdownTrump’s remarks from the Diplomatic Room marked the second time he has addressed the nation as the partial shutdown drags on. On this occasion, he sought to strike a diplomatic tone, emphasizing the need to work across the aisle. He maintained a border barrier was needed to block what he describes as the flow of drugs and crime into the country — but described “steel barriers in high-priority locations” instead of “a 2,000-mile concrete structure from sea to sea.”The proposal was met with immediate criticism from some conservative corners, including NumbersUSA, which seeks to reduce both legal and illegal immigration to the U.S. “The offer the President announced today is a loser for the forgotten American workers who were central to his campaign promises,” said Roy Beck, the group’s president.At the other end of the political spectrum, Trump’s offer was panned by progressive groups, with Anthony Romero, the executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union, calling it a “one-sided proposal.”Trump embraced the shutdown in December in large part because of angry warnings from his most ardent supporters that he was passing up on his last, best shot to build the wall before Democrat took control of the House in the new year. After his announcement Saturday, some supporters appeared unhappy with his effort to bridge the divide with Democrats.“Trump proposes amnesty,” tweeted conservative firebrand Ann Coulter. “We voted for Trump and got Jeb!” she said, in a reference to Trump’s 2016 rival, Jeb Bush.In a briefing with reporters, Vice President Mike Pence defended the proposal from criticism from the right. “This is not an amnesty bill,” he insisted.Pressure on DemocratsWhite House acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney also sought to increase the pressure on congressional Democrats in advance of Tuesday, the deadline for the next federal pay period and the day officials said McConnell would begin to move on legislation. “If the bill is filibustered on Tuesday…people will not get paid,” he said.Mulvaney said that Trump had not ruled out one day declaring a national emergency to circumvent Congress to get his wall money — as he has threatened — but added that Trump maintains that the “best way to fix this is through legislation.”Trump’s son-in-law and senior aide, Jared Kushner, along with Vice President Mike Pence, had led the efforts build the plan Trump announced on Saturday, according to three people familiar with White House thinking who were not authorized to speak publicly. After a heated meeting with Pelosi and Schumer that Trump stormed out of, the president directed his aides to bypass Democratic leaders and instead reach out to rank-and-file members for ideas.To ensure wall funding, Trump said he would extend temporary protections for three years for “Dreamers,” young people brought to the country illegally as children. Administration officials said the protections would apply only to the approximately 700,000 people currently enrolled in the Obama-era program shielding them from deportation, and not all those who could be eligible.The plan would offer no pathway to citizenship for those immigrants — a deal breaker for many Democrats.Extending TPSTrump also proposed a three-year extension to the temporary protected status (TPS) the U.S. offers to immigrants fleeing countries affected by natural disasters or violence. Officials said the exemption would apply to about 300,000 people who currently live in the U.S. under the program and have been here since 2011. That means people from El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Haiti — countries that saw the status revoked since Trump took office — would get a reprieve.Democrats, however, criticized Trump’s proposal for failing to offer a permanent solution for the immigrants in question and because he refuses back away from his demand a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, which the party strongly oppposes. Democrats have told Trump he must reopen government before talks can start.Trump had repeatedly dismissed the idea of a deal involving Dreamers in recent weeks, saying he would prefer to see first whether the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, survived a court challenge.On Friday, the Supreme Court took no action on the Trump administration’s request to decide by early summer whether Trump’s bid to end that program was legal, meaning it probably will survive at least another year.But during a recent trip to the U.S.-Mexico border, Trump hinted at the possibility, saying he would consider working on the wall and DACA “simultaneously.”A previous attempt to reach a compromise that addressed the status of “Dreamers” broke down a year ago as a result of escalating White House demands.___Associated Press writers Alan Fram and Matthew Daly in Washington and Colleen Long in Brooklyn, New York, contributed to this report. Share
A new Maryland task force is seeking to create greater awareness of both the benefits of arts education as well as the current state of arts education in the state. Support for the arts ran high at a recent gathering put on by Governor Martin O’Malley’s P-20 Leadership Council Task Force on Arts Education in Maryland Schools, or AEMS, for leaders in the Baltimore business community, but some were shocked to find out just how disparate access to arts education has become, especially in places like Baltimore City. Richard Deasy, a former assistant state superintendent in Maryland who for 12 years oversaw a national coalition of arts organizations that has produced social-scientific research on the value of arts education, presented a number of findings. The arts, Deasy explained, instill capacities that are broadly transferable to other areas of life. For example, imagination, creativity, and innovation are all central to entrepreneurship and thus economic vibrancy. Deasy told the AFRO that, because public schools have always been training grounds for the support of the American economy, business leaders have significant clout in terms of what ultimately gets taught in schools. “They are the voices of what the economy needs and they know that they are not happy with the skills that they’re seeing emerging,” said Deasy. “They need to weigh in and not just say to somebody ‘you gotta do this better.’ They have to come in and be part of discussing the solutions . . . since they’re all arguing for creativity.” While the importance of arts education seemed to be broadly accepted by those present, some in the audience were shocked to find out that some children in Baltimore City schools receive no arts education whatsoever through their middle school years. Responding to a question from an audience member who asked what it meant to say that some kids in Baltimore City receive “zero art,” Mary Cary, executive director of the AEMS Alliance said, “It means that your child could go to a school and really—elementary through middle—and never have music or dance or theater or visual arts or media arts.” Maryland requires that students have at least one arts education credit in order to graduate from high school, the only assurance that all Baltimore City youth will have at least some contact with arts education. While there are regulations in the state of Maryland that require arts education at all levels, because many schools do not have arts faculty, the regulations are simply not followed. For Navasha Daya, a recording artist who founded the Youth Resiliency Institute with her husband; an arts education organization that helps fill the void left by the dearth of arts education in Baltimore public schools and emphasizes culturally relevant arts education, the fact that some kids in the state receive regular arts education while others do not is an equity issue. “Baltimore is 69 percent Black and the fact that there is no art in certain schools is very unfair and I feel that there needs to be an accountability for regulations in regards to what is required for student’s education, that art is a basic need for all children.” For Mary Ann Mears, a sculptor, arts advocate, and member of the AEMS task force, it comes down to a school leadership that is invested in the importance of arts education. “I live in the city and I’m appalled when I see what some kids aren’t getting that they could get,” said Mears. “And we’re a great arts city and we have people who are dying to help and it comes down to whether or not you have a leader in the school building, a principal in the school, who is saying we need the arts, and they hire arts teachers.”
Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (Phys.org)—The Earth’s oceanic system isn’t just the big, blue puddle of water that globes suggest; its waters are stirred by a vast system called thermohaline circulation, a process driven by varying water densities, heat, and the interactions of freshwater and salt water. Thermohaline circulation moves energy and matter around the globe and drives the planet’s climate, but it also responds to changing climate conditions. For example, one such oceanic conveyor is the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC-IV), which drives warm water poleward from the equator, cooling toward the North, and sinking as it becomes more dense at high latitudes. This cold, dense water then empties into ocean basins before upwelling in in the Antarctic.Its interdecadal variability, measured by the oscillation of its period and amplitude, modulates climate changes worldwide. However, it’s unclear how global warming affects AMOC-IV, and an international collaborative of researchers has now investigated the effects of climate change on AMOC-IV amplitude and time scale.The researchers conducted an analysis of 19 experiments from five models of the Coupled Model Intercomparison Project Phase 5 simulations; each experiment had one preindustrial control simulation and four future warming scenarios. Under all future global warming scenarios, AMOC transport is reduced by 5 percent to 48 percent, depending on the scenario. “In response to future global warming, AMOC-IV shows a robust change, with its major period shortened and its amplitude reduced,” the authors write.They note that the reduced amplitude of AMOC is consistent with other modeling studies. The mechanism of its changes under global warming remains unclear, however, due to the challenging complexities and interactions of global oceanic circulation. As one candidate for such a mechanism, they cite baroclinic Rossby waves. These are huge, slow waves in the troposphere generated by temperature differences of the oceans and continents. “With global warming, oceanic stratification is projected to be enhanced over the globe owing to a weaker warming with depth, and the stratification enhancement is more robust in a stronger warming scenario,” they write. “A stronger stratification should lead to faster baroclinic Rossby waves and, potentially, a shorter period of AMOC-IV.”Even continental regions situated far from the coasts are strongly influenced by ocean currents. Since most of the sun’s radiation is absorbed by the ocean, the movement of this energy in the Gulf Stream and other currents serves to modulate weather; through evaporation, heat from the ocean is exchanged with the air. A failure of the conveyance of heat away from warm regions and toward cooler regions stands to throw the climate further out of balance. Thus, research into climate change-related disruptions of oceanic conveyors is important as CO2 and methane contribute to atmospheric heat retention.The authors conclude, “Our study suggests that AMOC-IV may be significantly weakened in amplitude and shortened in period under future global warming, and that these responses could be caused by strengthened ocean stratification and, in turn, the speedup of baroclinic Rossby waves.” This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Could ‘The Day After Tomorrow’ happen? Explore further More information: Reduced interdecadal variability of Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation under global warming. PNAS 2016 ; published ahead of print March 7, 2016, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1519827113AbstractInterdecadal variability of the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC-IV) plays an important role in climate variation and has significant societal impacts. Past climate reconstruction indicates that AMOC-IV has likely undergone significant changes. Despite some previous studies, responses of AMOC-IV to global warming remain unclear, in particular regarding its amplitude and time scale. In this study, we analyze the responses of AMOC-IV under various scenarios of future global warming in multiple models and find that AMOC-IV becomes weaker and shorter with enhanced global warming. From the present climate condition to the strongest future warming scenario, on average, the major period of AMOC-IV is shortened from ∼50 y to ∼20 y, and the amplitude is reduced by ∼60%. These reductions in period and amplitude of AMOC-IV are suggested to be associated with increased oceanic stratification under global warming and, in turn, the speedup of oceanic baroclinic Rossby waves. © 2016 Phys.org Citation: Variability of major oceanic currents driven by climate change (2016, March 17) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-03-variability-major-oceanic-currents-driven.html Topographic map of the Nordic Seas and subpolar basins with schematic circulation of surface currents (solid curves) and deep currents (dashed curves) that form a portion of the Atlantic meridional overturning circulation. Colors of curves indicate approximate temperatures. Credit: R. Curry, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution/Science/USGCRP.